Bossier Parish Community College and the Cavalier Players announce the cast and crew for the vampire thriller, “Dracula.” Performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on October 17-19 and 23-26, and 2 p.m. on October 20 and 27 at BPCC’s Performing Arts Theatre, 6220 E. Texas St., Bossier City.
In this macabre melodrama, Lucy Seward, whose father is the doctor in charge of an English sanatorium, has been attacked by some mysterious illness. Dr. Van Helsing, the specialist who’s been called in by Dr. Seward, believes that the girl is the victim of a vampire, a ghostly being that goes about at night sucking blood from its victims. The vampire is found to be a certain Count Dracula and Van Helsing vows to end the fiend’s existence on Earth.
Dr. Ray Scott Crawford, dean of BPCC’s Communication and Performing Arts, will direct the play with set design by David White; costume design by Rona Leber; lighting design by Keith Bruce; and prop design by Jonathon Offut. All are faculty and/or staff of BPCC. Theatre students Matt Lorenz and Grady Savant are stage managers.
The cast features BPCC Performing Arts Theatre degree students as well as other students. Sam Copeland will play the Transylvanian Count Dracula. Dr. Abraham Van Helsing, the cunning nemesis to the vampire, will be portrayed by Jesse Kortus. Taylor Green, a first-year theatre student, will play Lucy Seward, the wistful victim and intended eternal bride of the Count. Tegan Godfrey will play Jonathan Harker, the passionate young lawyer who is engaged to Lucy. Sam Condon will play Dr. Seward, Lucy’s father who owns the sanatorium across from Dracula’s London mansion. Austin Jennings is cast as the lunatic, Reinfield. Elise Birmingham will play the skiddish maid, Miss Wells, and Johnny Marley will portray the frustrated attendant of the sanatorium.
Residents of the sanatorium and minions to Dracula include Brittanie Custer, Ryan Thompson, Lari Leber, Jamie Johnstone, Lauren Rogers, Dalton Witte, Allison Miller, Keiandre Harper, Ardesya Haley, Jay Allen, Denise Dalton, Conner Snow, Robin Carlisle, Bregon Webb, Elizabeth Jones, and Luke Digilormo.
“Dracula has probably been our most-requested play over the past few years,” says Crawford. “I believe the renewed interest in movies and on television of “all things un-dead” has helped perpetuate an audience for the perennial vampire tale. And, of course, our students are thrilled to produce this sexy, suspenseful, and sometimes downright silly melodrama.”
Tickets for Dracula may be reserved now online at http://www.bpcc.edu/theatre/dracula13/ticketreservation.html. Reserved ticket prices are $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, military, and non-BPCC students.
Please note that because of the subject matter and adult situations, this production is rated “M” for mature audiences.
For more information, call the Performing Arts program of Bossier Parish Community College at 318-678-6021.